Enhancing Ireland’s Appellate Capacity: A New Court Of Appeal?

Author:Mr Declan Black and Louis Mooney
Profession:Mason Hayes & Curran

The Minister for Justice recently announced the Government's intention to hold a referendum in September on the proposal to create a Court of Appeal in Ireland, to be placed between the High and Supreme Courts. The rationale for the Court's introduction is aimed at increasing the efficiency of the court infrastructure and cutting down waiting times for appeals. In a separate move to the same end, the Supreme Court is to be expanded with

the appointment of a further two judges to the panel.

The Chief Justice, speaking extra-judicially, highlighted commercial as well as rights-based concerns for enhancing the Irish courts system's appellate capacity: "Speedy resolution of disputes is important in a successful economy . . . a failure to address problems [of undue delay in appeals] may be damaging to Irish society and the economy. Effective rule of law propels prosperity. Stronger rule of law boosts foreign investment and lowers unemployment. The rule of law is, therefore, an important consideration for business people and investors...

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